Children may bring their lunch or buy lunch at school. The menu can be found at any time by checking the district meal plans page. The district’s lunch procedures are further explained on the same page.
A full lunch, including milk, costs $4.50. Milk may be purchased separately for $.50. Parents interested in participating in our lunch program have the option to pay into an account or by cash at lunch. Paying into an account is for parents who wish to pay for school meals without sending cash to school with students. We particularly recommend this for young children who may lose cash that is sent. Parents can create an on-line account at SendMoneyToSchool.com. There is a service fee for this method. To avoid the fee, you may write a check payable to PAUSD Food Service, and drop it off in the office. The student’s account will be credited.
All lunches at the elementary schools are pre-ordered by 8:45 a.m. each school day.
Delivering Lunches to School
In order to reduce classroom interruptions, all lunches delivered to school are to be brought to the office and placed in the appropriate box. Please do not take them directly to the classrooms. The children will come up and get them on their way to lunch.
Understanding Severe Peanut Allergies
Peanut [and tree nut] allergies, including severe peanut allergies, have increased in school-age children. To help ensure the safety of all our children, it is very important that we all try to avoid inadvertently triggering an allergic reaction. [Editor’s note, the same information and precautions apply for children with tree nut allergies, like cashew, almond, pecan, pistachio, etc.]
Kids with severe peanut allergies do not have to eat peanuts to get sick
Any exposure can cause an allergic reaction, and exposure to peanuts can happen any of the following ways:
- Direct contact with peanut products, such as eating or touching peanuts;
- Cross contact with peanuts, such as exposure to items containing trace amounts of peanuts or peanut oil (for example, snacks packaged on the same equipment or in the same factory as peanuts); or
- Inhalation of peanut dust.
For a child who is allergic to peanuts, the reaction to peanut exposure can be severe and swift. In some cases, a child might suffer anaphylactic shock, in which the child’s airway swells shut and the child’s blood pressure plummets. This reaction requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.
We ask all students who have peanut-containing food items in their lunch to eat at the designated tables for nut eating. Lunch supervisors will remind those students who have eaten peanut food to wash their hands before playing. We have found children to be very willing to comply with this request when they understand that it helps another child with allergies to be safe.
Tips to reduce the risk of accidental peanut exposure
- Do not bring peanuts or peanut-containing products to school (this includes peanut butter and foods prepared in peanut oil);
- Have your child wash his or her hands and face and brush their teeth before school if they have eaten any peanut products at home;
- Wash your hands before and after eating or handling food that contains peanuts;
- Plan for safe parties and classroom projects, avoiding peanuts and peanut-containing products;
- Read food labels for food allergy warnings, including listing peanuts (or peanut oil or peanut flour) as an ingredient, or stating “processed in a factory that shares equipment with peanuts” or “processed on equipment shared with peanuts;”
- Discourage food trading and sharing among students;
- Explore alternatives to peanut butter and granola snacks, like fruits, veggies and sunflower butter.
- When in doubt, avoid questionable foods.
The goal is to provide a healthy, safe, inclusive environment for all to learn.
Source: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network